Businesses have always depended on private wireless systems for communicating, controlling automated systems and gathering data. In the past, these systems have relied on licensed narrow-band two-way radio or unlicensed Wi-Fi networks. But neither of those types of networks is well suited to the demands of modern workplaces, which must contend with requirements to securely connect hundreds of people, to precisely control increasingly complex or critical machinery or to analyze data from thousands of sensors monitoring company processes.
To meet these high demands, businesses are turning to newer technology and beginning to rely on private LTE networks – the same technology used by communications carriers to connect today's smartphones to the Internet. LTE, short for "Long Term Evolution," is the fourth generation of mobile technology, used by all US mobile phone providers to connect smartphones to the Internet.
While a private LTE system can transform the way a company does business, companies must also understand the regulatory and implementation issues involved with deploying a customized system to meet their needs.
Our handbook, Private LTE Networks – A New User's Guide, is designed to set out basic information that may help you decide whether a private LTE network is right for you.